"It's like stealing a car."
"No it's not, it's actually nothing like stealing a car."
"Would you steal a car?"
"No."
"Well then."
"Well what?"
"Well fuck off."
"No you fuck off."
"Oh let's just make stealing cars legal then shall we."
"But it's not like stealing a car."
"But where does the money come from?"
"Give your music away for free and the money will simply 'appear'."
"That's clearly bollocks and also you wouldn't give a car away for free."
"*Explodes*"

We love argument like this. They get abso­lutely nowhere and are only mar­gin­ally more laughable than the sug­ges­tion that someone — anyone — has found a sensible and sus­tain­able way for pop to move forward.

Anyway former major label artiste (and now inde­pend­ent solo 'troubadour') Darren Hayes has written a partially flawed but well argued and very readable account of things on his MySpace.

His key points:

1. It's all gone tits up.
2. It's not looking good.
3. The end.

It follows, from a couple of days ago, Lily Allen's partially flawed but well argued and very readable account of things on her MySpace.

Her key points:

1. It's all gone tits up.
2. It's not looking good.
3. The end.

The future is uncertain, readers, and innov­a­tion is exciting, but we can tell you right now that you're not going to be getting the next Girls Aloud on the proceeds of three t-shirt sales and the door take of a Wednesday night gig at the Leeds Cockpit.